The U.S. House of Representatives just passed an $8.3 billion emergency spending bill to help protect Americans from the impending coronavirus pandemic. It took Democratic leaders, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to go from a draft of the legislation to passage just four hours.
Early Wednesday afternoon news broke that House and Senate lawmakers had agreed to the legislation, at that point $7.76 billion – or three times what President Donald Trump had proposed, which by all accounts was grossly deficient.
The bill passed in a 415-2 vote, sending a clear message to the White House that there is bipartisan agreement President Donald Trump is not doing anywhere near enough to control the virus, to test for the virus, and to put containment plans in place.
Eleven people in the US. have already died. The CDC has stopped publishing the number of people who have been tested. That number never broke 500.
The bill moves to the Senate, where it is expected to pass.
Meanwhile, here’s what President Trump has been doing during that same time:
Secret Service places $45,000 ’emergency order’ for golf carts in town with Trump property during pandemic
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the Secret Service has this week placed a $45,000 "emergency order" to rent golf carts in Sterling, Virginia — where President Donald Trump owns a golf club.
The Secret Service says the order is necessary to protect a "dignitary" in Sterling — a pattern that tends to precede Trump's golfing trips.
"The new contract, which the Secret Service described as an 'emergency order,' does not mention Trump or the golf club by name. But it closely mirrors past contracts signed by the Secret Service, for agents accompanying Trump to his golf clubs in New Jersey and Florida," wrote David A. Fahrenthold and Jonathan O'Connell. "The White House declined to comment Wednesday. Neither Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, nor the Secret Service responded to questions."
Coronavirus Task Force believes more lives could have been saved if Trump acted sooner: report
Despite what the White House is saying, the Coronavirus Task Force does believe that American lives could have been saved if President Donald Trump had acted sooner, according to a source close to the taskforce.
CNN reported Wednesday that the White House is still claiming that they did "everything right," in responding to the coronavirus. For those watching the news for the past several news, supplies couldn't have been acquired faster. While the country was having a run on toilet paper, the White House was still struggling to explain to people why they shouldn't panic. As we head into April, however, that has changed.
Here’s why Mike Bloomberg’s laid off campaign workers are getting smaller paychecks than they thought
Since suspending his campaign, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has taken heat for firing a number of campaign staffers he had promised would have jobs until November — even if he didn't win the nomination. People who were enticed to work for Bloomberg's campaign with generous salaries and benefits, who expected steady income for a year, are suddenly and unexpectedly without a job in the middle of a deadly pandemic and crippling economic downturn.